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of 2012, just days after the brutal murders of four americans in the diplomatic outpost in benghazi, libya, i was perhaps to say outright that our government loyed to us about what happened. it is been two years, and through subkwent hearings and leaks and investigative reports and ever- changing reports from the current administration, i never had to recant or clarify my original blunt statement. this week judicial watch finally obtained bombshell e-mails revealing that the top white house aide instructed susan rice to go on shoes and spin the loy that benghazi was due to a video. ine caught with the pants down, the white house continued to play the american public for fools, giving comments like these from white house press hack jay con man carne. >> why are you would hoking back the information and why was it not turned over to the congress and released with all of the other e-mails and it is directly relevant. >> john. >> why did it take a court case. >> i can say again and dpaen and you can keep asking again and again. this document was not about benghazi. >> right? not only president
is why did an ambassador have little or no real security in a place like libya on september 11th. >> that's a great question. who was in charge of security at the time when we knew that there were a number of attacks, a number of threats leading up to this incident. we knew they had drones in the sky watching ago live video feed as this battle unfolded for 7 to 8 hours. ty woods, of course you remember he was killed tragically in this attack, a navy seal who was killed, said when the bodies arrived back in the united states, hillary clinton looked right into his eyes and still was blaming it on that video. listen. >> well it, came out on the 12th, i'm sorry, on the 14th. this was about the same time that i met hillary clinton when the bodies came in to andrews air force base. and i think i mentioned this to you before. hillary clinton came up to me and i gave her a handshake and a hug. and when i shook her hand she said to me: we are going to have the film maker arrested. >> do you i think this may be te single most shocking thing in the benghazi story. secretary of state doesn't get to
. despite early evidence that in the 2012 attack in benghazi, libya, it was well planned and organized, the obama administration initially blamed it on an anti-muslim video and called it a spontaneous event. this week, new documents reveal ben rhodes tried to re-enforce the video angle with talking points for administration officials that would, quote, underscore that these protests are rooted in an internet video, and not a broader failure of policy. and even with this latest speculation, jay carney is downplaying questions by calling them conspiracy theories and others on the left are piling on. >> diversion subterfuge. benghazi, benghazi, benghazi. why aren't we talking about anything else? what i know of what i have read in the press about those e-mails, were fairly consistent with what was put out there before. i don't think there's anything new there. >> you have to fill the space with something. i have to tell you, benghazi has filled the space way beyond its life. benghazi is a corpse. they tried to arouse it today, and it fell right back down. >> joining us now from new york,
and take, the reaction. >> reporter: gregg gave us context for the back and forth. the government in libya is an islamist government that was put in place because of military intervention by the united states. it's under attack by the mill' and the islamist who are the same folks who brought the attack against the up s. compound 2 years ago. i believe what was said to bret baier last night will become the bumper sticker that finally encapsulate and crystallizes what has made americans uneasy about this administration and this incident which is they treated it with what people deem to be insufficient seriousness. bill: now, you move through today and speaker boehner wants john kerry to testify about the emails. what were they before? if the white house won't can explain it secretary kerry should come to the capital, explain why he defied an official congressional subpoena. compare that with darrell issa who suggested that might be criminal. repor>> the speaker is under pre to step things up. this will intensify. but i will point out this illustrates how failed the administration's policy of
the health care act. the situation in libya was a tinderbox. those brave people who volunteer to work for our safety and our security understood this. it is not the same thing as i'm not a crook. it is not the same thing as aluminum tubes and mushroom clouds. this is always a risk area when people go into a country to try to make peace or solve problems in a dysfunctional government and people are rebelling. yes, that film did have something do with it and there was coverage of it. it was two weeks in the new york times and the washington post that showed that it was already a very dangerous situation and this horrific, and moronic film that came out that degraded their god and their religion was all it took for them -- from situation to explode. i think it is time for us to move on and stop with the distractions and all of the division because that is what this party always does. they point the finger at the women, fear the enemy. upon the finger at the minority, they're are the enemy. they want to divide us. we have to start thinking for ourselves and realize that if we don't come together
says it was about the wider middle east and not specifically about libya. >> the e-mail was about protests around the region. if you want to tell me today that the protest and, again -- >> but benghazi was part of it, right? >> right. i want to refer you to the cia talking points on that. most people remember there were demonstrations around the region that were in reaction to what people felt was an offensive video. >> you were being cautious. you're saying there's an investigation there. that's 9/12. why on 9/14 is ben rhodes writing an e-mail saying judgments this was inspired by a video. why wasn't it we don't know. >> do you need a copy of the cia report? >> i've read them. >> it is a cut and paste from the talking points which much to your disappointment turned out to be produced by the cia. >> mark halperin, that's just not true. first of all, here's nancy pelosi. i think she said it best right here when she said benghazi, benghazi, benghazi. >> what i will say is benghazi, benghazi, benghazi. why aren't we talking about something else? whatever was in that -- what i know o
. >> thanks very much. >> you bet. >>> the fallout from the deadly 2012 attack in benghazi, libya, is seizing the spotlight once again at congressional hearings in washington. the attack on a diplomatic compound you may remember killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans. they accuse the government of a coverup. dana bash has more. >> reporter: new ammunition for republicans and what they call a white house coverup surrounding the 2012 deadly attack in be benghazi, libya. >> it is disturbing and almost criminal that these documents were held by the obama administration from congress and the public. >> reporter: newly released documents, an e-mail from ben rhodes giving what the gop calls political advice to then u.n. ambassador susesan rice ahead o her press conferences. the e-mail urged rice to underscore that these protests are rooted in an internet video and not a broader failure of policy. >> this is the closest thing to a smoking gun that i've seen. >> republicans call this proof that the white house quashed the real reason for the attack, terrorism, because that would have contr
that was new? >> >> i think we have learned in state department hearings that the folks in libya did not have any information about a youtube video. we heard the cia station chief say that the video wasn't an issue. now we hear from the military intelligence community, the guy in charge or the deputy in charge of the after afri-con region that this youtube video was a total nonevent. they knew that it was an attack immediately. they suspected ansar al sharia who was an al qaeda linked group. there is really nobody who had any firsthand knowledge of this ever said that it was a youtube video that led to this. >> okay. so there is no youtube video. what difference? >> well, i think the difference is the administration. the higher ups at the state department deceived the american people when he this constantly went over and over again said to the parents of the fallen we are going to get the guy that made this yup video. they deceived the american people. i think that's important. now, of course, in terms of the military response if it is a youtube video. different response thage physical it was
all they want. the fact of the matter is, at the time of the tragedy and even this day, libya is a very unstable situation post-revolution. the object is to do the best we can to try to change that dynamic to create a more stable government that provide security not only for us but also for its own people. a fair statement? >> absolutely. as i mentioned, since 2013, the u.s. has been planning in helping the libyan government with forces. our diplomats were involved with reaching out to civil society. it's a tough challenge. realize a lot of this is on the libyan shoulders. this country needs to reach a broad, political reconciliation among its faction before they can be in in a position to receive outside help. when i talk to people in the state department, there is a sense where there is a lack of partnership on a sense of the other side and you need that. they held elections in 2012 that, by all accounts, were relatively transparent and fair. they remain very pro-american, which has been contrasted to many other countries in the region. >> i want to thank all four of you for
critical of president obama's foreign policy, particularly in libya because africa daffy fell, -- after qadhafi fell, we did nothing to secure the country. senator mccain and a couple of others and myself, senator rubio, went in 2011 to libya and we said in an op-ed piece if we don't get rid of these militias, libya is going to become a safe haven for terrorists. and you have got to understand this about the benghazi consulate -- it had been previously attacked in april of 2012. the british ambassador had been attacked in june of 2012. the british closed their consulate. the red cross closed their office because they had been attacked, and we have got email traffic coming from libya to washington at the state department level saying in august -- saying on august 16, we cannot secure the benghazi consulate from a coordinated terrorist attack, and al qaeda flags are flying all over benghazi. what they did not want you to know was the consulate in benghazi was very unsecured, everyone else had left the town and that the numerous requests for security enhancements going back for months had
to the sound of the guns. >> but the u.s. military did not try to save the american ambassador to libya. today, a congressional company tries to find out why. we will tell you what happens. >> clarence thomas saying weighs an uncle tom, what did you mean by that? that certainly wouldn't be, you know, appropriate if it was coming from somebody who was white. >> but i'm black. >> a congressman from mississippi called supreme court justice clarence thomas an uncle tom. where is the media outrage? maybe the guy should own a basketball team. laura ingraham is on it. >> had you a guy who repeatedly raped a 14-year-old girl. and you gave him just 30 days in jail. can you explain that please? >> also ahead, the supreme court of montana overturns outrageous sentence for a child rapist embarrassing the judge who gave it we will update you on that. caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >>> hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. the benghazi story keeps getting bigger. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. today, retired brigadi
-- that is not your testimony. thank you. if i understood your testimony, libya is a mess. it is a very unstable environment. that is the environment in which we are trying to work and which we were working at the time of the tragedy in benghazi. no amount of u.s. troops and security forces were going to change that environment. >> they will not change the fact the central government cannot exercise -- >> my friend in utah, i went to tripoli, not benghazi. the airport at the time, security was controlled by the militia and not the government. >> i am not aware of whether that is changed. >> that make one very uneasy about security? >> let's hope their friendly. but, it is obviously painful, transparent symbolism of the lack of any authority. i see you shaking your head as well. do you want to comment? >> i agree with you. >> that is also very important. the testimony the three of you have provided, which i appreciate. again, people can play politics with a tragedy all they want. the fact of the matter is, at the time of the tragedy and even this day, libya is a very unstable situation post-revol
, instability, and a new government, successes and failures of u.s. intervention in libya. the oversight committee's mission statement is that we exist to secure two fundamental principles. first, americans have a right to know that the money washington takes from them is well spent, and, second, americans deserve an efficient, effective government that works for them. our solemn responsibility is to hold government accountable to taxpayers. it is our job to work in partnership with citizen watchdogs to deliver the facts to the american people and bring reform to the federal bureaucracy. this is our mission. today the oversight committee convenes a fourth hearing related to the security situation in libya before, during, and after the september 11 terrorist attack which claimed the lives of four americans. the committee has previously brought forward important witnesses who offered new and enlightening testimony on security failures that forced the administration to walk back false claims about the nature of the terrorist attack. testimony of previous witnesses identified key questions i
, as we just confirmed, for the effort to get back libya on its feet, one of the things that has been encountered in the investigation of the state department conduct in libya is the overwhelming normalization, whether it be the attempt to reduce security personnel at diplomatic facilities or so-called normal levels or attempt to view the government of libya as normal host nation partners capable of providing protection like my colleague from texas just talked about. did you encounter this normalization philosophy during operation odyssey guard? >> yes, sir, i did. >> could you elaborate a little bit on that? >> yes. or instance, there was a desire to create a new normal within , which wasnment basically redefining of what i would consider sub-optimal. >> would you consider it hostile? >> yes, sir. ahead, continue. >> the hostile environment we were dealing with, our interaction certainly was not with our interagency counterparts, but the low profile by the american government and the u.s. military in that environment at the time, we were not deploying our forces. there was no marine
to the worldwide united states was trying to remove gaddafi. he said "the world watches events unfold in libya with hope and alarm. protests demanded universal rights. in a government that responds to them. they were met with an eye and. gaddafi chose to pass a brutal suppressant. innocent civilians were beaten, imprisoned, and in some cases killed. " obama'smccain supported visit. he said "if he had not acted, history would have remembered qadhafi in the same breath as former yugoslavia. a source of international shame. " in an op-ed in april 2011, senator mccain wrote this, "the president was -- gaddafi finally met his ugly demise. he was an extremely dangerous tyrant. he supported international ,errorism during the 1980's including a bombing which claimed the lives of 270 innocent civilians. pursuedreportedly chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons. after gaddafi was killed, the new libyan government reportedly uncovered two tons of chemical weapons gaddafi had kept hidden from the world, yet armed and ready to use. we all know it dedicated and patriotic special envoy named christopher st
up military intelligence there in libya for the united states military, and he said, no, we knew right away that it was al qaeda. i asked him if al qaeda was on the run or were they growing and expanding? they were growing and expanding. >> there's another scandal i know you're intimately aware of. on the show the other day, you spilled the beans that maybe leader eric cantor would announce a contempt resolution for lois lerner. that it would come next week. now the official word has come from cantor. what are we to make of what will happen next week? >> they're going to have a drama. we'll have some debate on the floor of the house about this. then we'll get the vote. it will be very interesting to see what the democrats do on this. do we or do we not want the truth? are we or are we not going to try to get that truth? that's what's going to play out next week. it will happen with a floor vote and then there are a variety of options the house will have. >> congressman, thanks for your time. >>> fox news delving deeper into the newly released e-mails about benghazi and the admini
it was a protest as early as 3:15 in the morning september 12th. this goes along with the cstation chief in libya told the cheadquarters it was a terror attacks and why the cia top officials. deputy director morel would be writing a talking point that said it was a spontaneous protest. you had military and cia officials saying it was an attack and not a protest. >> clearly the obama administration and hillary clinton campaign if there is such a thing, would like the store tore to go away. jay carney's exasperation every time a question of benghazi comes, it shoes. he tries to suggest that it is dealt with can old news. why is the story not going away? >> well, there are new facts and the old questions don't get answered. a scandal only continues if there are new fact ands there is significance to the ben rhed ones talking points that he wrote for a prep session perfect susan rice came on fox news sunday and other shoes. thesis are talking poips. and no question about it. referring five times directly to the video. the video that sparked the protest in a number of the places. he asked a specific q
had without it. >> without it. when did africom start becoming aware of political turmoil in libya? >> well, libya, libya was a country was that we watched, i'm speaking from a j-2 perspective we kept tabs on al the countries there. in the arab spring we knew there could be other effects going across that area. there were really things that we watched were ct oriented and other things that were more broadly, politically affecting and that began to happen. >> when you began monitoring it, when was that? >> that would be in the early 2011 time frame. >> did africom have any role in the decision-making process to intervene in libya and what type of role? >> i'm sorry, sir, would you please repeat? >> did africom have any role in the decision-making process, the direct decision-making process to intervene into libya and what was that role? >> that would be more at the commanders, combatant commanders level than my own. i wouldn't have that information. >> what was africom's role during odyssey dawn? >> the role was to work with other allied partners to the u.n. resolution taking effect
attack that had nothing to do with any video. the c.i.a.'s libya station chief and other administration officials immediately recognized and reported that the attack was an act of terror, not a spontaneous demonstration. the american people demanded answers. congress demanded answers as well, but the administration has systematically stone called our ability to get those answers. and that is where this nominee's role comes in to play. following the benghazi attack, mr. chuang left his position at the department of homeland security to undertake a special detail at the state department. his job at state department was to provide legal guidance and manage the department's responses to the congressional investigation into a terrorist attack. for months, the state department ignored congressional inquiries that forced the house oversight and government reform committee to issue subpoenas in all 2013. mr. chuang received those duly issued subpoenas but continued the administration's policies of systematic stonewalling. so let me be very clear. the state department has never asserted that the
--- e to portray obama libya policy as a success. and the jihadists that killed our ambassador and three other civilians. and, c, far from being disamated, as the president claimed during the campaign and even after the september 11 violence in egypt and libya, al lied jihadist al in muslim countries. indeed they had been strengthened by the president's pro-islamist policies. the explosive emails that have surfaced thanks to the perseverance of judicial watch make explicit what has long been obvious. susan rice, the president's confident and ambassador to the strategically chosen to have appearances on five different television broadcasts the sunday after the massacre. she was coached about what to say by other members of the president's inner circle. one of the emails refers expressly to a, quote, prep call, unquote, that ambassador rice had with several administration officials on late saturday afternoon right before her sunday show appearances. the tangle webb of deception spun -- -- the tangle web of deception spun by the administration was to distance the white house and the preside
was the message traffic from libya to washington. we expect them to testify there was nothing that message traffic about a protest and nothing about the video. let's listen to congressman jason chaffetz who gave as you present violate yesterday. >> they took a country in libya and turned it into a failed state. one of the people that will be in that room is somebody who is in charge of a lot of the intelligence that they were gleaning in libya. we are going to talk about libya, where it's going, how it's become that failed state. >> reporter: if he testifies he saw nothing in the message traffic about a protest or video that will be significant. as part of our ongoing reporting at fox news we referred to a report september 17, our sources on the ground in libya also said there was no protest and fox received considerable pushback for that reporting. bill: i see darrell is a gaveling the hearing to an opening. let's rinse as this hearing begins. >> ... successes and failures of u.s. intervention in libya. the oversight committee mission statement. we exist to secure two fundamental principles. firs
has not been truthful about its explanation of the 2012 attack in benghazi, libya. >> u.s. ambassador christopher stevens and three other americans were killed when terrorists raided the consulate. judicial watch says the the attack as a spontaneous ray- reaction to an anti-muslim film. >> the documents include talking points prepared for then u.n. ambassador susan rice who appeared on a number of talk shows. the white house denies there's any smoking gun. >> this document, as i said, was explicitly not about benghazi but about the general dynamic in the arab -- or in the muslim world at the time. i would also point out that the document itself states explicitly that ambassador rice is not on the sunday shows to talk politics. this was part of our effort to explain our views, both as a matter of policy and as a matter of what was happening on the ground, with regards to the protests that were underway around the region. > >>> critics say they tried to cover up the real reason for the attacks so it could show that the president was tough on this in the 2012 campaign. >> they show bengh
for this august 14 riot were actually in libya at the time. so, this really does not satisfy even the basic requirements of due process, and, of course, this is the same judge who last month sentenced to 529 people to death. on that same day, the other day, he commuted all but 37 of those death sentences. that is still a very high number for egypt and law. if we want to make a comparison, following the assassination of 1981,yptian president in 5 people were sentenced to death . >> let's bring in mohamed sudan, foreign relations secretary of the vitamin justice party the , political wing of the muslim brotherhood. could you explain the response of the muslim brotherhood to this verdict? to assure allnt of what was just said, but added one thing from my perspective about what went on in court. it is not all one judge. judges.ree judges are three under pressure from egyptian intelligence to issue verdicts, unbelievable verdict. no one can believe it. the judges, they are supreme judges, they are not young judges. number one, they released those in the revolution, and now issue acoming to verdi
technological weapons coming from libya so often the guards cannot use them in front of them and they know where to exactly to excavate. the other people are the regular villagers. usually young youth and children are sent by a local person to find objects and they give them money in turn of these objects. >> brown: in february, egyptian tourism police announced they'd broken up a major smuggling ring, recovering thousands of stolen objects. but it remains a pervasive problem. >> ( translated ): we have apprehended tens of people with digging equipment. maybe, on a daily basis, there are at least seven to ten cases of illicit excavation. >> brown: last month egypt's antiquities minister asked the obama administration to impose emergency restrictions on the importation of ancient artifacts. those would allow u.s. customs officials to seize objects that lack official documentation. the u.s. state department says it's open to the idea, but the formal request will take time to submit and approve. but hanna says a global effort is needed. >> i don't think the rest of the world is doing enough. and, a
. another three-day strike is planned next week. >>> in libya the vote for the new prime minister was stopped when gunmen stormed the building and open fired. it linked two of the defeated candidates running for prime minister. several people were injured. this is set to be the final vote to replace the outgoing prime minister who stepped down when armed fighters attacked its family. and iraq preparations are under way to hold the first national elections since u.s. troops withdrew more than two years ago. at least 17 people were injured in two bombings in baghdad. the violence has risen since iraq fighting in anbar province and there are concerns that security will not be able to prevent violence. >> reporter: people in baghdad take advantage of the holiday declared for the elections and try and relax despite the violence that has hit this city in the last few days. massive security operations are under way. the air space is closed flights, shops are shut and there is a 10:00 p.m. curfew. despite that, people say they will vote. >> i'm optimistic for two reasons. number one, i th
, u.s. personnel on the ground in libya were reporting a terrorist assault. in a recent interview, rice said she has no regrets about her appearances on the sunday news show. >> that information turned out in some respects not to be 1en 00% correct but the notion that somehow i or anybody else in the administration misled the american people is false and i think that's been amply demonstrated. >> a national security council spokesperson down played the email. the content reflects what the administration was saying at the time and what we understood to be the facts at the time. the administration's statement did not address fox's principal questions did white house personnel specifically brief rice before the sunday talk shows. >> and all of your research begs the question now what else is there that we don't know and we haven't seen? >> one of the allegations we heard today is that these documents were provided to one of the oversight committees on capitol hill but they were so fully redacted, they couldn't tell what the message was in those emails. it took the courts in a federal
. it was very clear. as it was to those in libya. that this was a complicated attack, it was well planned, had oordinated, it othing to do with the video. this article goes on. on sunday, september 16, rice told cbs' "face the nation," quote, based on the best information we have to date, what our assessment is, as of the present, is in fact what began spontaneously in benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in cairo where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside our embassy sparked by this hateful video. to the judicial watch documents -- that's unquote. the judicial watch documents confirm that c.i.a. talking points that were prepared for congress and may have been used by rice on "face the nation" and four additional sunday talk shows on september 16, had been heavily edited by then c.i.a. deputy director, according to one email. quote, the first draft apparently seemed unsuitable because they seemed to encourage the reader to infer incorrectly that the c.i.a. had warned about a specific attack on our embassy. on the sbts he noted that these poi
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